UPDATED: Carroll Center For the Blind Appoints 5 To Its Board


NEWTON –The Carroll Center for the Blind today, December 10, announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Umesh A. Kurpad, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, Tufts Health Plan
  • Jeffrey Lurie, Executive Director, Temple Emanuel of Newton
  • Antoine Junior Melay, MBA, Vice President of Client Relations for Workforce Development Training, Windwalker Group
  • Taraneh Satvat, President and Chief Executive Officer, MIS Technologies Corp. (MIS Alliance)
  • John “Jay” Schwartz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President, AcuityBio Corp.

“These five new directors bring impressive backgrounds in business, health care, and nonprofit community organizations to our leadership team.  We look forward to the diverse perspectives they will contribute to our board,” said Greg Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer of the Carroll Center for the Blind.

Prior to his role at Tufts Health Plan, Umesh Kurpad served as chief financial officer for Munich Re Health America, and held various senior leadership roles at Cigna.  Kurpad received an MBA from the University of Florida, and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Delhi in India.  He resides in Newton.

 Jeff Lurie previously served as executive director of Temple Israel in Albany, N.Y., before joining Temple Emanuel of Newton in 2017.  Lurie served as deputy clerk of the New York state legislature, and also managed various political campaigns within the Rochester area.  He and his family live in Waltham.

A Norwood resident, Antoine Junior Melay is responsible for corporate relations for the National Association of Black Accountants in Boston, and is treasurer of the Boston Arts Academy Foundation and Carney Hospital’s Community Benefits Council.  Melay received his MBA and a bachelor of science in corporate finance and accounting from Bentley University in Waltham.

Taraneh Satvat originally co-founded MIS Technologies Corp., a Newton-based information technology services company, and later founded the Internet marketing company Satvat Enterprises.  Satvat holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Northeastern University, and resides in Framingham.

Prior to joining AcuityBio, John “Jay” Schwartz served as director of life sciences at a strategy and management consulting firm, and co-founded engeneOS, Inc., a venture-backed bio-nanotechnology company.  Dr. Schwartz received his Ph. D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at New York Medical College and was a post-doctoral fellow at the MIT department of biology and Harvard Medical School.  He is a resident of Newton.


Established in 1936, the Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life.  The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop.  


Photo and release submitted to SOURCE.  UPDATED as the first press release had errors. Only one of the board members, Taraneh Satvat, lives in Framingham (Umesh Kurpad lives in Newton, not Framingham; and Jeff Lurie lives in Waltham, not Newton). 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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